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Sara Lazier-Laiola 760 (added 11/12/2020) MCD

Sarah Laiola
Coordinator, Digital Culture and Design

Sarah Whitcomb Laiola comes to Coastal via Georgia Institute of Technology, where from 2016-2018 she was a Marion L. Brittain Postdoctoral Fellow. At Georgia Tech, she taught courses in technical communication, software design, and video game design. Prior to that, she was at the University of California (Riverside), where she taught courses in freshman composition, media studies, and American literature, while completing her Ph.D. in English.  

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Jen Boyle

Ph.D. English, M.A. Comparative Literature, University of California, Irvine

Dr. Boyle is a Professor in the Department of English. She teaches and writes about questions of media transformation and theories of mediation. Her scholarship and teaching explore “new” media objects and performance; bodies and technology; and the virtual and material flows of objects and information through networks, from the seventeenth century to the digital present. A recipient of grants and fellowships from Brown University, the Folger Institute, and the Dibner Library for History of Science and Technology, Boyle is a member of the editorial board of postmedieval: a journal of medieval cultural studies, and Punctum Books. She has written a book, Anamorphosis in Early Modern Literature: Mediation and Affect, that looks at how the technologies and media of perspective in the early modern period offer us a different way of thinking about our own digital technologies, webs, and interfaces. She is also a collaborator-author of new media installations, including “The Hollins Community Project” (in collaboration with Virginia Tech). With Martin Foys, she co-edited a special journal issue of postmedieval (“Becoming Media”) that experimented with open and crowd-sourced peer review. Her current project is a multi-graph that explores mediated nets and the mesh of sovereignty between the early modern and the present. She also serves as the Digital Manager for The Athenaeum Press.

 ‌Sue Bergeron working with a Oculus VR lens

Sue Bergeron

Susan Bergeron is an Associate Professor in the Department of Politics and Geography. Susan earned her PhD in Geography from West Virginia University, and her dissertation is entitled "Engaging the Virtual Landscape: exploring the development of a spatial experience engine for historical landscape analysis." Susan also holds an M.A. in Geography from West Virginia University, an M.A. in History from Syracuse University, and a B.A. in History from Duke University. Her research interests include immersive simulation and 3D landscape reconstruction, geovisualization, the development of digital city models for small municipalities and rural areas, GIScience and the humanities, and geospatial technologies in education. Susan has co-authored book chapters on the Geospatial Web and GIS and geovisualization in the humanities. She was awarded a PhD Dissertation Fellowship from West Virginia University and is a past recipient of the Special Achievement in GIS Award from ESRI.

Eliza Glaze 760

Florence Eliza Glaze

Florence Eliza Glaze is Professor of History at Coastal Carolina; since arriving at Coastal in August 2003, she has served also as the chair of the History Department and as co-director of the University Honors Program. A strong advocate for study abroad, Dr. Glaze has led several CCU Study Abroad programs to Italy, England and Ireland. She is currently the International Programs Liaison for the Edwards College of Humanities & Fine Arts.  

Current projects include publishing her monograph analysis of medical knowledge and textual transmission from late antiquity through the year 1200, and critically editing and analyzing the origins and influence of the 11th century "Passionarius/ Liber Nosematon/ Book of Diseases" by Gariopontus of Salerno, which survives in dozens of glossed manuscripts. Eliza is working also on a series of related articles exploring the impact of the Norman Conquest on Salernitan medicine, on the integration of Byzantine, Latin and Arabic 'materia medica' into southern Italian therapeutic manuals, and on manuscript evidence for the use of thermal mineral baths in the medieval Mezzogiorno. She is also contributing to a forthcoming book to be published by Brepols, which examines the life and works of Constantine of Ifriquiyyah, a North African native who translated many Arabic medical texts into Latin at the Abbey of Monte Cassino in the eleventh century.

 Professor, History

Maggi Morehouse

Maggi M. Morehouse is Burroughs Distinguished Professor of Southern History and Culture. She was the first graduate of the African Diaspora Studies program at the University of California Berkeley, completing her Ph.D. in May 2001. Today, she teaches Southern History at Coastal Carolina University, with a focus on connecting the American South to global diasporas and migrations, including the many locations of the Black Atlantic. She also teaches courses for the Digital Culture & Design major, and for the Masters of Liberal Studies program. She is the author of "Fighting in the Jim Crow Army" (Rowman & Littlefield, 2007) and "Civil War America" (Routledge, 2012), as well as numerous journal articles. She is currently at work on "The Routledge Handbook of the American South," a major reference guide to southern culture and history. She is a former Fulbright Research Scholar posted to the University of the West Indies St. Augustine, Trinidad, where she collected oral histories of black West Indians who participated in the British armed forces during WWII. In addition to traditional scholarship, she has been working with media providing historical consultation and crafting oral histories into visual short stories on topics ranging from black World War II soldiers, to enslaved potters, to southern women, to African Diaspora migration.

 Assistant Professor, Department of Visual Arts

Elizabeth Baltes

Associate Professor of Art History and Digital Heritage (formerly Ashes2Art) 
Ph.D., Classical Art & Archaeology, Duke University

Elizabeth Baltes is Assistant Professor of Art History in the Department of Visual Arts. As part of the Wired! Group at Duke from 2009–2016, she began to explore how digital tools, such as historical 3D reconstruction, could become part of the research process, allowing scholars to ask new kinds of questions and to engage with the evidence more fully. At Coastal, Dr. Baltes has continued this kind of digital research and it heavily informs her teaching. Several of her Art History courses involve hands-on research projects that leverage digital technologies for studying, visualizing, and contextualizing various aspects of ancient material culture. As a result, her students participate in meaningful research while developing interdisciplinary and transferable skills, including 3D modeling, mapping, and photogrammetry.

Outside of the classroom, Dr. Baltes explores the intersection of sculpture, politics, and public space in the ancient world (and beyond). She has published on the changing statue landscapes of both ancient Athens and the sacred island of Delos. She is the recipient of numerous fellowships and awards, and her dissertation research was supported by a fellowship from the Archaeological Institute of America. Her current article projects focus on material from the Athenian Agora and her book project, tentatively titled, “Portraits of Honor, Monuments of Disrepute,” traces the practice of setting up public honorific portrait statues from antiquity to the present.